Category: Tips

December 4, 2017 / / Blog

Using LIGHTROOM to make a dreamy waterfall Here’s a shot from a recent workshop at Swaldale – it’s Crackpot Force, yes, that’s really a thing! The shot was underexposed, but I liked the shape – so gave it a go in Lightroom anyway. Things we explain:- black and white conversion basic controls like Highlights, Whites, Shadows  Clarity for a soft look vignetting cropping sharpening Kit Used   Canon 5D Mark 4 Canon 70-200 F2.8 L The video above shows what steps we did – and this is the before and after…

September 4, 2017 / / Automobiles

Flash of inspiration This technique came to me one night – just watching sunset on a road bridge and thought about it. It applies to Tilt Shif lenses mainly – but I’m sure you can do it with a normal lens, or telephoto. Maybe not an ultrawide 16mm though. The Problem So you invest £2000 on a 17mm TS lens and realise you can NEVER use an ND grad on it… the end of the lens is like a tennis ball, you just can’t fit the darn things on. So…

August 31, 2017 / / Blog

Yellow fields of Discovery Discovering just what Tilt Shift can do is great fun – and you have to be hands on. Sure, I’d seen 10 Youtube videos so had a good idea what I needed to do – but here are a few examples from my first landscape trip in summer 2017. Tilt Shift Increasing that depth of Field For landscapes, this is the main reason you’d use them. You want to get as much sharp as possible – that foreground flower to the distant mountain. To do this…

May 22, 2017 / / Blog

So you want to buy a camera? I get asked a lot about buying cameras. The main questions I ask are:- what do you want to do what is your budget The first one is almost impossible to answer for most people – they have an idea what they’d like to do, but until you have a camera in your hands and you’re pointing at stuff, you can’t really know what you enjoy. Maybe you want to be a wildlife photographer – but do you have the patience to sit…

March 19, 2017 / / Blog

Learn Spot Colour in Seconds Using Adobe Lightroom Spot Colouring is where you make a black and white photo but leave a part of it coloured. You may see it in wedding photography, and most famously in the film, Schindler’s List – a girl in a red coat dominates one scene. The technique used to involve masks and photoshop – and a certain level of understanding for it to work. However, with a few seconds tweaking, you can create the same effect without opening Photoshop or learning about layers and…

November 24, 2016 / / Blog

Here’s a scene from a cornwall town – it’s been uploaded anonymously so I’ve no idea who’s work it is.  Essentially it was a quick case of brightening up the photo to add a bit of punch – using the GRAD tool.  Before…   After   The Video https://youtu.be/zgQoOuix7rY 

October 26, 2016 / / Landscapes

Is Swaledale the best Dale?  There are so many dales, all with different character, all with different features.  Swaledale is known for its steep sides, lead mines, waterfalls and 1000 barns – so lots to go at for the photographer We went up there yesterday – Richard Spurdens with his new Canon 5D mark 4 and me with the huge 500mm lens. Boys and their toys.  Here are a few from a quick play in LIGHTROOM – you can see the autumn colours were strong, and we found some really…

October 21, 2016 / / Landscapes

Lightroom Edit of Zell Am See – Austria Real-time Lightroom editing tutorial Here’s a 10 stop shot – taken with a very dark ND filter which makes the exposure 1000 times longer. This one has a 30-second exposure. The filter has a blue cast, so we show how to correct this – and work through each step describing “why” we make each change. Before and After The Video Here’s the video with all the steps and discussion for you to learn from   What else would you like to learn…

April 14, 2016 / / Blog

Was the Pixel Stick Worth it? Having watched this cool light painting tool evolve for a while it was only a matter of time before I got one. That came on Black Friday 2015 when the offer price was right. It arrived from the states a few days later, and I was raring to go – were it not for the rain! How does it work… ? Watch this! Why did I get it? I shoot cars professionally – I thought it’d be a cool addition to the toolkit for…

March 12, 2016 / / Fun

Shooting the Milky Way – If at first you don’t succeed…   Pack up your bags and go back another night! That’s what happened with our legendary Brimham Rocks workshop this year – the first run was a wash-out no sign of a star, never mind the milky way. Horizontal rain, cold, and no shelter anywhere saw us calling a halt on proceedings before cameras broke and people got hypothermia! A few weeks later we returned, and wow – the results were magical! Perfectly dark – no moon! To see the…